McGhee's Bakery recently acquired two PFM Hurricane flow-wrappers.
Given the equipment's speedy packaging times and rapid changeover, it is being lauded by the company as an important step in driving its expansion into the traditional baking sector.
McGhee's Bakery co-owner Ian McGhee said: "Our markets' expectations for fresh bakery products mean that we have to maintain the absolute maximum of uninterrupted production." The machine can achieve 100 packs per minute and has an average product changeover time of 3 minutes, allowing it to easily switch from packs of cakes to rolls or muffins.
The high-speed, servo-controlled flow-wrappers produce packets that are sealed lengthwise and diagonally on three sides from a roll of heat sealable packaging film with or without support trays.
Product waste and expenditure is reduced by means of misplaced product detection.
As part of the company's upgrade, McGhee's Bakery is aiming to switch to pre-printed films in the packaging of its products and intends to make greater use of the Hurricanes as the machine is adaptable to a range of heat sealable materials including laminated polypropylene.
McGhee's Bakery supply craft bakery products, confectionery and a line of frozen baked goods to catering groups and independent retailers.
PFM Hurricane flow-wrappers are available from Emrich Industries .